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Claude Debussy (1862-1918)Arranged by John E. Davis
The French impressionistic composer Claude Debussy wrote Tarentelle Styrienne as a solo piano piece in 1890, just prior to his monumental success with the orchestral tone poem Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faun. Unlike the tone poem, Tarentelle Styrienne is full of rhythmic drive and playfulness, exploiting the metrical ambiguities of 6/8 and 3/4 meters. This arrangement is scored for piccolo, three c-flute parts, alto and bass flutes. It may be performed effectively either one-on-a-part or with doubling of the c-flute parts to accommodate a larger ensemble. Performance time: 7 min.